World Cup Book Tag

It’s tag week for me and I’m kicking it off with the World Cup Book Tag created by the Humpo Show to share his love of football. 🙂

I’m not a football fan, but everyone else in my family is and I always love the excitement surrounding the World Cup so there was no way I’d pass on doing this tag.

Here are the rules:
  • Pick ONE country from each group!
  • Your choice can either be an AUTHOR or a BOOK set in that country.
  • If you are struggling, you can pick a book or author you want to read at some point.
  • I’ve included a little bit of information about the book, but you can anything you like — post photos of the cover, favourite quotes, go crazy!
The groups:

My picks:

As I said before, I’m not a football fan. I just love the excitement surrounding the World Cup so the countries I choose have nothing to do with the game. (Except for BRAZIL. My fam are all cheering for BRAZIL.)

Group A

Sphinx’s Princess by Esther Friesner

A YA historical fiction novel set in ancient Egypt that focuses on a teenage Nefertiti. I own a copy of this novel, but I haven’t yet read it. The story seems to include lots of political intrigue and some fantastical elements based on Egyptian mythology.

Group B

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Considered to be the first modern novel, Don Quixote is about the adventures of a noble man who decides to be a knight and act out the chivalric deeds he has often read about. I read a good bit of the story years ago and thought it was entertaining, but I think the size of the book turned me off from completing it. I’d love to return to it soon and possibly get a copy of the edition above, which was illustrated by Coralie Bickford-Smith (whose books I featured in this post on beautifully designed books).

Group C

Mario Vargas Llosa

My Peruvian friend has been trying to get me to read some of his work and I’d like to because I’ve often heard of him and his books are always mentioned with high praise, so I’m curious. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010.

Group D

Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enríquez

A book of gothic short stories set in contemporary Argentina by Argentine writer Mariana Enríquez. The stories all touch on a variety of social issues and hints at the political climate of the present and most recent past. All are based in the real world but have a haunting, unsettling quality to them that I love. This was a good read and I blazed through the stories. I recommend you try them too.

Group E

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Another book I own but have yet to read. I actually don’t know much about it other than it’s a fantasy story about a shepherd boy who wants to travel in search of treasure. I’ve heard varying reviews about it. Some folks love it and highly recommend it while others were bored by it and thought it too philosophical. Either way, I still want to read it.

Group F

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

A fun YA classic fantasy story about a boy who’s transported through a book to a world filled with magic and interesting creatures. This was one of the first fantasy books I read as a kid. It immediately became a favorite when I read it back then and has remained a favorite over the years. I love the story and also the design of the physical book. There are illustrations and sometimes the passages are in different colors.

Group G

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, illus. by Jim Kay

😀 I took the easy route with this and chose a Harry Potter book. I think going HP is a great choice because, despite the opinions of many snobbish readers, these books have become classics. I don’t think classifying a book as a classic is done purely based on the quality of writing or the story. I think the Harry Potter books are well done though some have faults and the story is engaging and entertaining to both kids and adults. I consider it a classic because of its great influence on children and how much it has affected culture and the publishing industry.

Group H

Gabriel García Márquez

I love his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude. It’s one of my favorite classics. I love both the story and the writing. It was so descriptive and overflowing with details that it made my reading experience very immersive. LOVED IT!! I wonder if all his novels are written that way. I’d love to try more of his work.

Well, those are my picks.

Of these, I’d say the winner is SPAIN because I really want to get that edition of Don Quixote, lol!

But am totally cheering for BRAZIL.


Everyone. 🙂 😛

13 thoughts on “World Cup Book Tag

    1. Thanks. I’m not familiar with the author and this is the only book by her that I own so it’s good to hear that you like some of her other work.


  1. Thanks for joining in with this! I love your picks 🙂
    I really really really want to read some Gabriel Garcia Marquez books, as I haven’t read any bad reviews of his books.
    Thanks again, your answers were great 🙂


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